Saturday 21 April 2018

Dubs left reeling from double Brogan blow

Opel brand ambassador and Dublin footballer Alan Brogan.
Opel brand ambassador and Dublin footballer Alan Brogan.
Ruaidhri O'Connor

Ruaidhri O'Connor

DUBLIN's championship preparations have been hit with the news that Alan Brogan is facing three to four weeks on the sidelines after a recurrence of his hamstring injury.

The 28-year-old forward returned to action after a long lay-off with a goal in the Dubs' last League game against Tyrone, but he tore the muscle again playing in a club game over the weekend.

He should be back in time for the start of their Leinster Championship defence against Wexford on June 13 at Croke Park.

And speaking at the launch of the 2010 Opel Gaelic Players Awards yesterday, Brogan admitted he's had a frustrating time of it with injuries.

"I was at the physio last night and there's a bit of a tear in it, alright," he said.

"It's hard to tell at the moment but you're probably looking at three or four weeks, anyway. Hopefully if I can keep it to that I'll be happy enough. It's looking at a grade two or three -- it's not torn-torn but there's a bit of damage done.

"When it rains, it pours and I have had a bit of bad luck over the last six months or so with injuries.

"Particularly with a hamstring injury, you have to mind it because it's something that can re-occur. I think the wrist will be okay, but with a hamstring injury you have to be very careful."

Younger brother Bernard suffered a knee injury in the same game and scan results yesterday revealed that he will be out for a couple of weeks. And the elder Brogan knows exactly how important his sibling is to his side's summer chances

"I'm not sure how bad it is," he said. "I haven't spoken to him. I think there might be a small bit of ligament damage in his knee, but I don't think it's too serious, hopefully.

"Last year he was probably our best forward until the Kerry game. He was probably snuffed out by Tom O'Sullivan and people kind of forgot about him but he got 2-8 against Westmeath last year so his scoring was good.

"We all know how good he is, it's just a matter of getting the ball in the right position and hopefully he can do the business. As long as he stays injury-free then, it's a big concern for him as well."

Dublin narrowly missed out on a League final on the head-to-head rule, but Brogan admits that he was hugely impressed by Cork.

"Nobody in our dressing-room has played in a league final, so it would have been nice alright. We probably would have been doing well to beat a very strong Cork team anyway, so maybe it was a bit of a blessing that we didn't (reach the final).

"I think at this stage, is anyone capable of beating them? Cork seem at the moment to be a head above the rest. We know we're a bit away from that at the moment. We've had to regroup, we've had to try and change the way we play to compete with the likes of Cork, Tyrone and Kerry."

Irish Independent

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